Charles H. Percy
Businessman; U.S. senator
Charles H. Percy
Charles Harting Percy was an American businessman and politician. He was president of the Bell & Howell Corporation from 1949 to 1964. In 1966, he was elected to the United States Senate from Illinois as a Republican; he served for almost twenty years, until 1985, after he was defeated by Paul Simon. During his Senate career, he concentrated on business and foreign relations.
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Charles Percy, Former Illinois Senator, Is Dead at 91
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Charles H. Percy, a former United States senator from Illinois and a moderate Republican who clashed with President Richard M. Nixon over Watergate and whose own presidential ambitions were stymied by Nixon’s resignation, died Saturday in Washington. He was 91. His death was announced by the office of his son-in-law, Senator John D.
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BOOK REVIEW: 'Science for the Concerned Citizen: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt ... - HNN Huntingtonnews.net
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At one period in my reading life I devoured everything written by Charles Percy Snow, an English physicist and novelist who also served in several important positions with the UK government. He is best known for his series of novels known collectively
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Hickenlooper appoints new members to Colorado higher ed commission - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
The newest version of the Commission will consist of Patricia L Pacey, Ph.D. of Boulder, Larry Beckner of Grand Junction, Jeanette Garcia of Pueblo, Monte Moses, Ph.D. of Englewood, and Charles Percy of Arvada. Pacey, a reappointment to the Commission,
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The 'Meltdown' Article; Also 'Passionless' - The Atlantic
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It is almost incredible to realize that Senate Republicans back then were largely people who would be "primaried" by Tea Party opponents today: Charles Percy in Illinois, Howard Baker in Tennessee, William Cohen in Maine, John Heinz in Pennsylvania,
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Stop the Madness! - Daily Beast
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Sadly, President Obama has become the best moderate Republican since Charles Percy. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is far from perfect, but he is the only one with big antlers left. Obama simply has to recruit some economists with the competence,
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America needs a second declaration of independence - Press TV
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Just give me the name of one congressman or senator who spoke up for even-handed policy and remained in office: Charles Percy. Was defeated because he uttered these words "we need to have an even-handed policy in the Middle East"
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Fannie Mae: What's Politics Got To Do With It? - PBS NewsHour
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So in 1966, a candidate for the Senate from Illinois [a moderate Republican businessman named Charles Percy] looked at the riots and thought: What can we do? And thought, if people only owned their homes instead of renting them, they would take more
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Capitol Steps' tradition of political lampooning continues for 21st season at ... - AnnArbor.com
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Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. They decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and so created song parodies and skits that conveyed satirical humor. The concept caught on. “That was the early years of Ronald Reagan
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The Capitol Steps Make a Return to LSSU - LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie
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Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan was president when the Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could
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Newly disclosed account surfaces in 1966 Valerie Percy murder case - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
A document, written by the doctor who first examined the victim, describes the aftermath of the brutal attack on Valerie Percy, the 21-year-old daughter of then-Senate candidate Charles Percy, almost 45 years ago. By Robert Mccoppin and Glenn Wall No
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Looking back to 1926… - Penarth Times
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UPON hearing the wonderful news that the Penarth Pier Pavilion Project has been successful in its bid to win well deserved funding, I thought you might like to see these pictures of my great-grandfather, Charles Percy Deverall opening the new landing
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New Light Shed on Kenilworth's First Homicide - Patch.com
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The doctor was called in the middle of the night by Valerie's father, then-Senate candidate Charles percy, and escorted to the residence by Kenilworth Police. Read the full story for Robert's account and find out why the doctor was never questioned by
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Newly disclosed account surfaces in 1966 Valerie Percy murder case - Chicago Tribune
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The document, written by her late husband — the doctor who first examined the victim — describes the aftermath of the brutal attack on Valerie Percy, the 21-year-old daughter of then-Senate candidate Charles Percy. Valerie Percy was killed in her bed
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His heroes are twice his age - Columbus Other Paper
Google News - over 5 years
For the electric records, it was a lot of Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Percy Sledge-just that good Motown, soul feel. You've released quite a bit of music in the past couple years. How do you tend to write songs? Does it all pour out at once and often,
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Richard Diefenbach Running as Republican Candidate for New Castle Town Board - Patch.com
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Charles Percy (R-IL). Diefenbach's entry means that the two council seats up for election are being contested. Rob Greenstein, known locally as a critic of the Chappaqua Crossing development, got into the race for council last week as an independent
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Laurie Hussey dies - Jamaica Observer
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Hussey, who put up a brave battle against cancer, is survived by his wife Ruth, children Michelle, Charles, Percy, Angeline and Andrew, and 13 grandchildren. Hussey's lifelong journey in entrepreneurship started when he became a cane farmer at the age
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Memorial Day Events Around Town - Patch.com
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Paintings by California artists, including early California impressionists Charles Percy Austin and Joseph Kleitsch, will be included. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Highway. Interested in a follow-up to this article?
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Your Patch Guide to Memorial Day Weekend in Orange County - Patch.com
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Paintings by California artists, including early California impressionists Charles Percy Austin and Joseph Kleitsch, will be included. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Highway. The eighth annual Newport Beach Wine Festival at the Balboa Bay
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles H. Percy
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 91
    Percy remained active after leaving political office but suffered from Alzheimer's disease in later years. He died on September 17, 2011, at the Washington Home and Community Hospice in Washington, D.C..
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  • 2006
    Age 86
    In 2006, writing about the influence of political lobbies on the U.S. relationship with Israel, political theorists John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt wrote that they believed Percy's loss resulted from the campaign waged against him by the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
    More Details Hide Details The lobbying group controlled substantial monies and helped lawmakers who they believed supported the security of Israel. Earlier that year, Percy and the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Dante Fascell, expressed sympathy for the cause of Karl Linnas, a concentration camp commander who was to be deported back to Estonia, having lied in the papers he used to enter the United States. Linnas had ordered, and participated in, the murders of Jews and other prisoners. Percy's view, shared by Fascell and by Representative Donald L. Ritter of Pennsylvania and of the Helsinki Commission was that Linnas should be deported, but not to the Soviet Union.
  • 1985
    Age 65
    A year later, her twin sister Sharon Percy married John D. Rockefeller IV, who was later elected Democratic Governor of West Virginia (1977–1985) and was a United States Senator for West Virginia from 1985 till 2015.
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  • 1980
    Age 60
    Percy was again mentioned for the presidency in 1980 and 1988, but his candidacies did not progress beyond their explorative stages.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1977
    Age 57
    In 1977, Percy and Sen.
    More Details Hide Details Hubert H. Humphrey—responding to the 1973 OPEC oil embargo and high energy prices in general—created the Alliance to Save Energy to encourage a national commitment to energy efficiency. Percy was the founding chairman of the organization.
  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 48
    While in the Senate, Percy was active in business and international affairs. Although he explored the possibility of running for President in both 1968 and 1976, he did not run either time.
    More Details Hide Details During the early 1970s, he clashed with President Nixon and criticized the U.S. conduct of the Vietnam War.
    Although he had been in the Senate less than two years, Percy was mentioned as a Republican hopeful for the 1968 Presidential nomination.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Times columnist James B. Reston referred to him as "the hottest political article in the Republican Party”. In 1972, Percy sought a second term to the Senate. In the general election, he defeated Congressman Roman Pucinski by a landslide. In 1978, as Percy was completing his second term, he appeared invincible. Percy was considered so strong that the Democratic Party was unable to persuade any serious candidates to challenge him. Alex Seith, a dark horse candidate, was his Democratic challenger. Seith had never before sought elected office but had served as an appointee on the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals for twelve years, nine as chairman. But at that time, Percy's reputation as a Rockefeller Republican, contrasted with Seith's ostensible hard-line foreign policy positions, combined to make Percy suddenly vulnerable in the weeks before the election. Sensing his probable loss, Percy went on television days before the polling and, with tear-filled eyes, pleaded with Illinois voters to give him another chance. He said, "I got your message and you're right... I'm sure that I've made my share of mistakes, but your priorities are mine." He won re-election 53% to Seith's 46%.
  • 1967
    Age 47
    In 1967, Senator Percy introduced a bill to establish a program to stimulate production of low-cost housing.
    More Details Hide Details Percy's proposal was the first of its kind to provide home ownership to low-income families, and it received strong support from Republicans in both the House and the Senate, although it ultimately did not pass. When asked why he selected housing for his first major legislative proposal, Percy said: "Of all the problems I ran across during three years of campaigning, first for the governorship and then for the Senate, the most appalling in their consequences for the future seemed to be the problems of the declining areas of the city and countryside, the inadequacy of housing."
  • 1966
    Age 46
    In 1966, Percy ran for senator from Illinois; he upset Democratic Senator Paul Douglas (a former professor of Percy's at the University of Chicago) with 56 percent of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details During that campaign, Percy's 21-year-old daughter Valerie was murdered at the family home under mysterious circumstances, apparently by an intruder. Valerie Percy's murder has never been solved, despite a long investigation. Following the murder, CBS postponed, and eventually canceled the planned network premiere of the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho.
    In 1966, he was elected to the United States Senate from Illinois as a Republican; he served for three terms (18 years) until 1985, when he was defeated by Paul Simon, and was mentioned as a GOP presidential hopeful from 1968 through 1988.
    More Details Hide Details During his Senate career, he concentrated on business and foreign relations. Charles Harting Percy was born in Pensacola, the seat of Escambia County in far northwestern Florida, to Edward H. Percy and the former Elizabeth Harting. His father, an Alabama native descended from illustrious colonial-era Mississippians and Virginians, was at various times an automobile salesman and bank cashier. His Illinois-born mother was a concert violinist. Edward was a son of Charles Brown Percy and Helen Leila Herndon of the powerful Herndon family of Virginia. Elizabeth Harting was a daughter of Phineas Fredrick Harting and Belle Aschenbach. The family moved to Chicago when Percy was an infant. As a child, he was notable for his entrepreneurial energy and held jobs while attending school. In the mid-1930s, his pluck brought him to the attention of his Sunday school teacher, Joseph McNabb, the president of Bell & Howell, then a small camera company.
  • 1964
    Age 44
    Percy first entered electoral politics with a run for governor of Illinois in 1964, which he narrowly lost to Democratic incumbent Otto Kerner.
    More Details Hide Details During his gubernatorial campaign, Percy reluctantly endorsed conservative Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, his future Senate colleague, who fared poorly in Illinois and throughout the country.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 29
    After Joseph McNabb died in 1949, Percy was made the president of Bell & Howell, and was instrumental in a period of financial success and growth for the company.
    More Details Hide Details During his leadership, Percy expanded Bell & Howell, raising revenues 32-fold and employees 12-fold and listing the company on the New York Stock Exchange. While continuing to manufacture movie cameras and movie and sound projectors for military, commercial, and home use, in the late 1940s the company diversified into the production of microfilm; it later entered the information services markets as well. In the late 1950s, Percy decided to enter politics. With the encouragement of then U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Percy helped to write Decisions for a Better America, which proposed a set of long-range goals for the Republican Party. He belonged to the liberal wing of the Republican party led during his presidency by Eisenhower and later closely identified with New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller.
    In 1949, the Jaycees named Percy one of the "Outstanding Young Men in America", along with Gerald R. Ford Jr., of Michigan, future U.S. President, and John Ben Shepperd, future Texas Attorney General.
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    He was president of the Bell & Howell Corporation from 1949 to 1964.
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  • 1947
    Age 27
    After Jeanne Percy's death in 1947, Percy married Loraine Guyer in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details Their children are Gail (born 1953) and Mark (born 1955). Percy's daughter Valerie was beaten and stabbed to death in her bed on September 18, 1966, in the family's home on Lake Michigan in Kenilworth. Although her stepmother had a brief glimpse of the killer and considerable resources were devoted to solving the crime, the identity of the murderer remains unknown.
  • 1945
    Age 25
    Percy served three years in the United States Navy during World War II and returned to the company in 1945.
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  • 1941
    Age 21
    He went to work full-time for Bell & Howell in 1941, after college.
    More Details Hide Details Within a year he was appointed a director of the company.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1939
    Age 19
    In 1939 he worked at Crowell Collier.
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  • 1938
    Age 18
    Percy started at Bell & Howell in 1938 as an apprentice and sales trainee.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1919
    Born
    Born on September 27, 1919.
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